...but to be honest: This Speyside Festival bottling is excellent and certainly one of the best younger drams I had for quite some time. Actually, I will buy a bottle of it (what is the final proof that you really like a dram)!
The nose offers a balanced profile of fruity, honeyed, beeswax-y and summer flowery aromas in a delicate mix without any off-note. It is not really impressive but I like to nose it a lot...
The taste is very sweet on honeys and sugars with spices (peppers, ginger) that join in later followed by mocha, roasted nuts and appropriate wooden notes, finally. Water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate and turns the whole dram smoother - actually I like it both neat and reduced to about 46% abv.
The whisky arrives warming and a little hot (58.9% abv) in the mouth with no distracting moments whatsoever. The finish is rather long on sweets, spices and mocha again with a minor bitter ending (tannins).